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Vocation Spotlight: Dan Keefe


Did you know, there are more vocations from St. John Cantius Parish than just to the Parish?


Mr. Dan Keefe, a parishioner of St. John Cantius, is currently discerning with the Archdiocese of Chicago. When asked about his vocation story he explained that the seed was first planted at St. John Cantius’ Don Bosco Camp, Fr. Phillips invited the boys to serve a weekday Mass, at the time Dan was only 7. A few years later, in fourth grade is when Dan said he first wished to be a priest. He took this desire and continued to participate in regular formation through Northridge Prep High School as a daily communicant, St. John Cantius’ Confirmation Class, The Archdiocese of Chicago’s discernment program at St. Joseph’s College Seminary, and St. Stephen’s Guild for Altar Servers.


Forming an incredible bond with his fellow Servers through hiking trips and endless conversations about the Mass, Dan continued to discern whether or not God was calling him to the priesthood. He spent his high school years visiting St. Thomas College and St. John Vianney Seminary and just this year chose to continue his discernment with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Dan is currently at seminary where he has joined a small schola, after spending his senior year of High School in the Magnificat Choir here at St. John Cantius.


The Priests and Brothers are so proud of Dan as he continues to say “yes” to what Christ is calling him to do with his life. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as you would any of our incoming vocations.



Dan Keefe (left) serving at the St. Stephen's Investiture Mass in 2021.

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